Just Chillin

es, it’s true and now offi- cial. Here I am, still gal- livanting, but now I’m a

nonagenarian, since I was born in August 1929. “Gallivanting” is such a satisfying word meaning, rather goof- ily, “travel- ing around the world-- mainly hav- ing


Hmmm: an excuse really, for a lot of procrastinat-

ing. Ah yes, some stories and my unfinished novel reside in my file cabinet. Excuses? A lot of life got in the way and I outlived a couple of literary agents. But, this is not the time or place to wax forth in self-indulgent wistfulness. It hap- pens to be true that I have crossed the Atlantic four times and have

managed to live in 53 different places during my past nine de- cades. No wonder then about aches and pains. All that packing and unpacking does a number on your joints. For fun, let’s look at some facts:


“Gallivanting” for 90 Years! Y

by Ellie Schmidt of Santa Rosa, CA. ~

Lots of great and famous folks are August babies! On the popular horizon: Whitney Huston was an internationally beloved singer. Say, Jean Piaget (b. Aug. 9, 1896) was the Swiss psychologist who provided the world with writings that changed the whole approach to observing and coping with the stages of child development. In the world of films, Robert de Niro, Sean Penn, Sam Elliott and Melanie Griffiths are each August born. In politics, Henry V (b. 1336 A.D.) was the battle-prone mon- arch of England. John Dryden (b. Aug. 9, 1631) was named the first poet laureate of England in 1668.

Dryden was such a dominant literary figure during the “Res- toration” it became known as “The Age of Dryden.” He had not only fine intellect but outrageously sly satirical wit and was a fabulous literary critic, a playwright, plus a translator of the great Latin philosophical writings. If, during

one’s long life, one hangs on to words to live by, Dryden gave us some of the best. Here are a few of my favorites: “Happy the man, and happy he alone, he who can

call today his own; he who, secure within, can say, tomorrow do they worst, for I have lived today.” How about: “What passions

cannot music raise or quell?” And, “Dancing is the poetry of

the foot.” Dryden could wax philo-

sophically when he wished: “Anger will

never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment are cher-

ished in the mind. Anger will disappear just as soon as thoughts of resentment are for- gotten.” Certainly in- strumental in bringing about changes in England,

he also wrote: “For they conquer ...continued on page 27

Weird Facts & Trivia - 2 AUGUST FACTS:

1888 - Germany's Bertha Benz drove from Mannheim to Pforzheim and back in the first long distance automobile trip.

1933 - The comic strip, Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray, debuted.

1957 - American Bandstand debuted on the ABC tele- vision network, with host Dick Clark. The show began locally on Philadelphia television station WFIL-TV Channel 6 (now WPVI-TV) in 1952.

2001 - Cable network Odys- sey was renamed to Hall- mark Channel.

1935 - Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act.

My Grandmother was born in 1918. ~ PAD

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